The government response was to declare an "Alternative Model" as the official policy - an agriculture that focuses on resource-conserving technologies that substitute local knowledge, skills and resources for the imported inputs. Byfarmers had signed up, with the result that hectares of grassland is now managed extensively, hectares of arable is also managed extensively, with a considerable proportion no longer using pesticides or fertilizers, 97 hectares of protected vineyards and orchards.
For many people, this might be an improvement, rather than detriment, to their health and well-being.
The model of ZT is unlike that adopted in industrialized countries, particularly in the United States, as green manures, cover crops and legumes have been incorporated into rotations, so reducing the systems requirement for herbicides for weed control.
Air Many agricultural activities affect air quality.
Hope also comes with the knowledge that something is possible, even if it's not going to be quick and easy, or even certain to succeed. The 30 RTCs more joined the association during the project implementation supported 10 to 30 initiatives in their area of interest.
The technologies are low-cost and based on indigenous and biological technologies, including strips of vetiver and other grasses on the contour; contour bunds and contour cropping; field bunds; drainage line treatment; and regeneration of common lands with shrubs and trees.
This will free up public funds to support a range of public policies that will provide incentives for the best and brightest of the younger generations to choose a career in sustainable agriculture.